Showing posts with label Toddler 36 to 48 months: Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Toddler 36 to 48 months: Art. Show all posts

Monday, December 6, 2010

Snow Day Art Activity

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

This is a snow day art activity that was inspired by an activity I saw last winter ( I do not remember where I saw it to link back) but I didn't consider using it because it required using white-out to make the snow. But as winter is here in this part of the world alhamdulillaah, I was trying to think of suitable art activities to do and this idea came back to my mind (and a way to modify it came with it).

I made the activity for toddlers to use shapes to design a snow day scene (in the one I saw, the children coloured their scenes onto the page and the scene therefore could not change). I wanted the children to be able to use shape cut outs to redesign their backgrounds as often as they'd like insha'Allaah (this is also a fun activity for children learning their shapes). For the snow, instead of white-out, you can use non-toxic white paint! The fun is that other than being able to change their background scene, children can make it a clear winter day by peeling/lifting up the film or make it a snow day by simply lowering the film back down.

This is a fun, quick, snow day art activity that uses photo album pages, white paint, construction paper cut outs and imagination:

 Snow Day!

To make this, children simply paint white dots onto the film that covers the photo album page. While the paint is drying, give children different colour construction paper and invite them to cut out shapes to use to design their background scene insha'Allaah. 

Once they've cut out their shapes, they can design (and redesign) background scenes.

Once they are done, they lower the plastic film down and they have their snow day!

Note: The film that covers the photo album page is plastic. Please closely supervise young toddlers to ensure the film does not become a choking hazard.

And I forgot! *smile* If you do this and would like to share with us please do by using the linky tools below. We'd love to see your little ones art work. If you want to show a picture of this activity that your child has done, use the first linky tool. If you do this actitivty and want to link to that post only on your blog or website, use the second linky tool insha'Allaah. Please only link directly to the post showing this activity to make it easy for us to find your child's Snow Day art work. Jazakum Allaahu khayran!

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mixed-Media Hajj Activity

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

This is a mixed media (is that the new word for collage?..hehe) Hajj Activity that children can turn into the front part of a greeting card or a wall picture insha'Allaah.

This was done with foam (the sun), felt (the mountains), corrugated cardboard (the Ka'ba), yarn (the doors in the haraam, construction paper (the sky, the ground and the the background of the haraam and coloured pencils. I tried to photograph this so you can see the dimensions in the collage; the sun, mountains, Ka'aba and doors in the haraam are all raised.

If children make this the same size as a greeting card, you can make a greeting card from posterboard, using a tent fold. Children can then glue this to the front of the greeting card to make a three dimensional Hajj card insha'Allaah. Children can also use clay to make the mountains, sun, etc., and once dry, they can (with adult supervision) glue this onto the scene as well. Many possibilities alhamdulillaah.

This craft is for older children (4 and up) due to the complexity of layering the scene.

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Book for Bear

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Here is a quick, cute craft to use when studying the letter Daal.

A Book for Bear
(Dub Dub)
The ears and tummy are soft terry cloth.
Great mutli-sensory experience for infants and young tots.

For the paper on the inside, you can use regular white paper or any colour paper you'd like. Cut out as many bears as you'd like for your book to have. Staple them together with your front and back pages.

To make this little bear (which takes about 15 minutes to make), all you need are three (3) bear cut outs and an old terry cloth towel that is destined for the bin. Take one of the contruction paper bears and cut three holes - 1 for the tummy and 2 for the ears. Glue sections of terry cloth onto the second bear cut out (without the holes). Glue the bear with the holes onto the bear with terry cloth on it. Use the last bear cut out for the back cover.  You can use construction paper for the front and back covers or if you'd like to allow an infant or young toddler to handle it, glue your bear covers to cardboard insha'Allaah.

Once you've stapled the paper inside, write a personalized story for your little one or allow your child (if old enough) to dictate the story to you and then invite them to illustrate their story insha'Allaah. Perhaps, they'd even like to read their story aloud to the family that evening insha'Allaah.  

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Butterflies and Fruits (Books, An Activity & A Craft)

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

A few days ago we read this book:

and this was the craft that extended from it

A butterfly made with a Popsicle stick, four circles cut from construction paper and decorated with markers.
(In the book there are two touch and feel butterflies).

Yesterday, we found that this same company also has a beautiful touch and feel board book about fruits

And this is the activity that we did after reading this book alhamdulillah:

A Sorting Activity:

Using construction paper, I made some fruit cards that showed alike and different...

then we sorted the cards according to their attributes
(i.e. alike or different)

I had to make another set for younger toddlers (around 23-24 months old) so I took index cards, cut them in half and put only one fruit on each card. I "laminated" the cards with clear packing tape and after demonstrating how to sort the cards, I put the cards in a basket with the book on the shelf so they can be played with whenever the interest arises insha'Allah.

Insha'Allah, I'll make more of these with different fruits.

This was also a language activity in that we discussed Who Provides fruits for mankind, how fruits are a blessing to us, and why the cards showed alike or different.

You can read the following ayaat along with the activity:

الَّذِي جَعَلَ لَكُمُ الْأَرْضَ فِرَاشًا وَالسَّمَاءَ بِنَاءً وَأَنزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً فَأَخْرَجَ بِهِ مِنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ رِزْقًا لَّكُمْ ۖ فَلَا تَجْعَلُوا لِلَّهِ أَندَادًا وَأَنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
سورة البقرة

{Who has made the earth a resting place for you, and the sky as a canopy, and sent down water (rain) from the sky and brought forth therewith fruits as a provision for you. Then do not set up rivals unto Allah (in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshipped).} Al-Baqarah, 22


وَهُوَ الَّذِي مَدَّ الْأَرْضَ وَجَعَلَ فِيهَا رَوَاسِيَ وَأَنْهَارًا ۖ وَمِن كُلِّ الثَّمَرَاتِ جَعَلَ فِيهَا زَوْجَيْنِ اثْنَيْنِ ۖ يُغْشِي اللَّيْلَ النَّهَارَ ۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَ‌ٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
سورة الرعد

{And it is He Who spread out the earth, and placed therein firm mountains and rivers and of every kind of fruits He made Zawjain Ithnain (two in pairs - may mean two kinds or it may mean: of two varieties, e.g. black and white, sweet and sour, small and big). He brings the night as a cover over the day. Verily, in these things, there are Ayat (proofs, evidence, lessons, signs, etc.) for people who reflect.} Ar-Rad, 3

And of course there are many more ayaat that can be read with this activity alhamdulillah.These books are illustrated using collages and the result is beautiful. Enjoy insha'Allah!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Islamic Door Hangers

Assalamu alaikum,

This idea came at a strange moment. I was near a bathroom and thought about those door hanger tags that are used to help children learn the ad'iya (pl. for dua') for entering and leaving the bathroom and I thought...hmm...what other ad'iya can be learned using that same concept? This is the result of my thinking...not a single dua' among them...I got sidetracked! You can click on the images for a larger view insha'Allah.

In the file, the door hangers for the baby sleeping say, "The baby is sleeping" not "The baby is sleep" as in the pictures above. 

I even made some for Ramadan:

These are so easy to make subhana'Allah. Look here for lots of templates to make your own insha'Allah. All graphics on the door hangers came from Easel & Ink alhamdulillah.

You can let children design their own using stickers, markers, crayons, etc. A wonderful, easy art project insha'Allah. If you want to use those that I made you can download them here insha'Allah (I recommend printing them on card stock for durability insha'Allah). Enjoy insha'Allah!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Masjid Center Piece/Mobile Craft

Assalamu alaikum,

We made this masjid centre piece (that could actually be a mobile) craft over the weekend.

and here (below) is sister Oum Alya's that she and her children did masha'Allah. Isn't it gorgeous masha'Allah? Hop over to her blog and see more pics insha'Allah *smile*

 All we used to make this was:

* three cut out shapes of a masjid
* crayons
* three popscile sticks
* gluestick

I cut out the masaajid and then we coloured them together. Afterward, I glued each of the masaajid to the popscile sticks so that the centre piece (that could actually be a mobile) was able to stand on its own on the table.

This is the inside of the masjid craft

A simple colouring activity for a rainy/overcast day alhamdulillah. Here are the masaajid pieces we used to make this. I'm actually thinking of another way to use this craft to go with the other activities I have planned for the July, Together We Read, book, "Who Made the Builders?" insha'Allah.  

By the way, have you entered the giveaway for that book yet? If not, please enter before the 30th for a chance to win a free copy of the book insha'Allah.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

'Use Your Right Hand' Art Activity

Assalamu aliakum,

This is an activity that I put together to help children learn (and apply) these ahadith (a simplified version):

Narrated 'Umar bin Abi Salama: I was a boy under the care of Allah's Apostle and my hand used to go around the dish while I was eating. So Allah's Apostle said to me, 'O boy! Mention the Name of Allah and eat with your right hand, and eat of the dish what is nearer to you." Since then I have applied those instructions when eating. {Bukhari}

Narrated by Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her), who said: "The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) liked to start with the right when putting on his shoes, dismounting (from his camel), when cleaning himself and in all things." (Agreed upon).

Alhamdulillah, as I wanted/intended (and modeled), the toddler intentionally tried to get the blue hands to fit inside of/match the outline of the hands on the poster board subhana'Allah! It was perfectly okay that the blue hands didn't make it (they had soo much fun!). The goal was to work on hand-eye coordination so I'll set this activity out again to allow for more practice insha'Allah.

Can you see in the bottom left corner where the toddler is holding the paint tray?..hehe...refueling!

To make this you will need:

- Small wooden hands from a craft store
(the hands I got can be turned over to be either left or right hands)
- Glue gun
- Sponge (preferably without the coarse part on
the back for scrubbing - it's not easy to cut off!
- Wooden knob
- White poster board
- Non-toxic paint and paint tray
- Newspaper (to avoid a mess on the floor)
- Fine tip marker

Here is what you do:

1). On the white poster board, trace the hands before you start assembling the hand sponge painter.

2). Take one of the right hands and trace it backward (i.e. as if it were a left hand) onto the sponge.

3). Cut out the sponge hand. Set aside.

4). Take both of the wooden hands and, using a glue gun, glue them together back to back. When they are dry, screw on the wooden knob.

5). Take the sponge hand outline and, using the glue gun, glue it to the back of the right hand (the two you glued together).

You're done and ready to paint insha'Allah! And this little hand is easy to clean. Just gently rub with warm water and soap until the paint comes takes less than a minute alhamdulillah.

Enjoy insha'Allah!
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